West Ham United v Dinamo Zagreb – UEFA Europa League Group H – London Stadium – Reaction
West Ham United 0-1 Dinamo Zagreb
It could be perceived as a battle lost to win the war. West Ham United slipped to their first UEFA Europa League Group ha defeat at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb, but with seven of their Academy of Football prospects featuring during the game, boss David Moyes might view this one as a morale success of sorts as his youngsters largely stood up to their more experienced Croatian opponents.
Mislav Oršić’s spectacular fourth-minute opener settled the match, but Moyes was full of praise for his youngsters, who stood up to the task admirably.
“I thought the young players really did well and recovered after a really early goal,” the Scotsman enthused.
“We got a fluke against Chelsea which was quite similar. But apart from that, I thought the young boys did really well.
“I think it was a tough game for them. Ideally wouldn’t have played five but we were slightly forced into it but they all acquitted themselves well.
“At times you could see the youthfulness, they didn’t always make the right choices, but I think you could see some of them could go on to be first-team players.”
Moyes insisted his side fear nobody, come the knockout stages, adding: “We’ve got a lot of big teams to play but I think we’re a big team at the moment.
“A lot of teams will be worried about playing us. We hope we’re in good shape and good form when those games come around.
“I’m a winner and I’m disappointed I’ve not got something out of the game. But it’s important the young player’s see that as well.”